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NYC Audubon Activities and the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

NYC Audubon prides itself on connecting people to nature and conservation through engaging programming that brings together individuals united by a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Given the emergence of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we are approaching our mission to connect and unite with one another through an adjusted lens. NYC Audubon is taking measures to protect the more vulnerable members of our community, while still allowing those who choose to do so to enjoy our programs.

We are following government guidance and will continue to adjust to the situation on a daily basis. We are in touch with city agencies and are following state and federal announcements. We will continue to monitor this situation on a daily basis and make updates to programming as needed.

Read about modified events due to COVID-19 here.


Learn About Horseshoe Crab Conservation at an Upcoming Virtual Volunteer Orientation

[b]Horseshoe Crab Monitoring, Plumb Beach West 2016[/b][br]© Tracy PennoyerHorseshoe Crab Monitoring, Plumb Beach West 2016
© Tracy Pennoyer

Each year, horseshoe crabs come to the eastern coastal shores of North America to breed in the hundreds of thousands. Unfortunately, due to environmental factors such as pollution, habitat degradation and harvesting for medicinal purposes, their populations are in decline.

Annually, New York City Audubon ventures out during the new and full moons in May and June to count and tag spawning horseshoe crabs. New York City Audubon monitors horseshoe crab breeding to assess the stability of the population, whose eggs serve as a crucial food source for shorebirds like the threatened Red Knot.

Learn more about these fascinating arthropods and how to get involved with their conservation by signing up for one of our online presentations and training sessions.

  



Celebrating 40 Years of Bird Conservation

NYC Audubon’s history was joyously celebrated at this year’s Fall Roost benefit—and memorialized with two commemorative pieces created especially to trace the organization’s path of conservation accomplishments over the past four decades. The pieces depict the fierce determination that NYC Audubon activists have felt over these past 40 years, as they’ve battled to protect our city’s birds and their habitat. View NYC Audubon: 40 Years Protecting New York City's Birds and Habitat, a video created by Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media, above. Read the 40th Anniversary commemorative issue of our Urban Audubon newsletter here (PDF).

Looking back on our four decades of conservation accomplishments, we are inspired by the foresight of early NYC Audubon activists in addressing threats to the City’s birds and their habitat. As our organization has grown from a grassroots organization run by volunteers to a larger organization with a professional staff, we look to the future with our Strategic Plan 2020–2025. This document serves as a roadmap for all of our efforts in preserving habitats throughout the five boroughs, making our vast city safer for birds, and illuminating the wonders of nature for all New Yorkers. And the plan provides a reckoning with how we can be more inclusive of the great diversity in our community. Read our Strategic Plan here.

Our Strategic Plan 2020–2025: A Vision for the Future creates a map to guide us forward. To begin, we are committed to raising $1,040,000 in our anniversary year. Help us help our birds.

  



Top Banner Photo Credits: Great Egret Nesting Colony © NYC Audubon; Group of Birders © Kati Solomon; All Others © François Portmann.

John James Audubon (1785–1851) with Joseph Mason (1808–1842), Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), Study for Havell pl. 29, 1822. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 18 7/8 x 11 11/16 in.; Prairie Warbler © Leticia de Mello Bueno.


Audubon's Birds of America Gallery at New-York Historical Society

Audubon's stunning watercolors have a permanent home! Check out New-York Historical Society's Audubon’s Birds of America Focus Gallery, where you can view rotating watercolor models by John James Audubon with their corresponding plates from the double-elephant-folio series, engraved by Robert Havell Jr.—never on view together before!—bird calls, and a Bird-of-the-Month.

The Bird-of-the Month centerpiece currently is the Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

Read Audubon's Survival by Degrees Climate Change Report

National Audubon’s newest study, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, illustrates in extraordinary detail the future of North American birds under a changing climate. Using the same climate models as 80 countries plus 140 million bird records—including observational data from bird lovers nationwide—their report reveals the effects a warming climate will have on more than 600 bird species through the end of the century. The report includes a first-of-its-kind zip code-based climate tool, Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer, which shows you how climate change will impact local birds and your community—and ways you can help. Learn more and read the report here

Upcoming Events


Birding by Subway Map

Learn about all of the great NYC birding hotspots and how to visit them by public transit using our interactive "Birding by Subway" Map.

 

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Our Video

Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media spent a year documenting our work and produced a terrific video that captures our commitment to the birds and bird-lovers of New York City. See our varied outreach and conservation programs in action by viewing "NYC Audubon Highlights and Achievements 2018."
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